The 50mm focal-length lens is a true photographic icon and an essential piece of kit for any photographeru2019s kit bag, but there are quite a few to choose from. Richard Sibley and Andrew Sydenham test 12 such optics to assess their particular qualities

Specifications: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG

RRP: £319.99Street price: Around £270
Filter diameter:
55mm
Lens elements:
10
Groups:
9
Diaphragm blades:
7
Aperture:
f/2.8-45
Minimum focus:
18.8cm
Length:
66.5mm
Diameter:
71.4mm
Weight:
320g
Lens mount:
Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sigma

Chart analysis

Tested on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III

As a macro lens, the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG has been designed with precision in mind and the lack of long arrows on the distortion diagram show that only at the very edges is there any curvilinear distortion. This translates to the lens having an average distortion value of

Score: 4 out of 5
 

  1. 1. 50mm lens test - Introduction
  2. 2. Page 2
  3. 3. Page 3
  4. 4. Specificiations: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  5. 5. Specififications: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  6. 6. Specifications: Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G
  7. 7. Specifications: Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
  8. 8. Specifications: Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM
  9. 9. Specifications: Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8
  10. 10. Specificiations: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
  11. 11. Specifications: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG
  12. 12. Specifications: Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 SSM
  13. 13. Specifications: Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM
  14. 14. Specifications: Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4
  15. 15. Specifications: Zeiss Makro-planar T* 50mm f/2
  16. 16. Our verdict
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